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Current Events Quiz, February 2, 2015

This activity contains 10 questions.

Question 1.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) over the past week attempted to negotiate with Japan and Jordan over the release of two nationals held by the organization. What did ISIS demand in exchange for the release of the heir hostages?

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Question 2.
Despite advances by peacekeeping forces and the recapture of a northern town previously held by Boko Haram, the African Union last week called for the deployment of an additional 7,500 member AU soldiers to combat the growing threat of Boko Haram in

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Question 3.
The far-left Syriza coalition won the most seats in Greece’s election last week. What was the central plank of Syriza’s election platform?

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Question 4.
How did Argentina’s President, Christina Fernandez de Kirchner, respond to the alleged murder of the country’s chief investigator, Alberto Nisman, last week?

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Question 5.

Eugene de Kock, the former commander of an apartheid-era death squad in ____________, and who had earned the nickname “Prime Evil” for his role in killing and maiming more than 100 anti-apartheid activists in the 1980s, was released on parole last week. He was had been sentenced to two life terms plus 212 years for the crimes he committed in 1996.
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Question 6.
Funerals took place over the weekend for more than 60 people who were killed after a suicide bomber attacked a Shia mosque during Friday prayers in Sindh province in _________ last week, marking the worst sectarian violence in the country in recent years.

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Question 7.

In a sign that the country is looking to tighten recent restrictions imposed on academics, Yuan Guiren, Education Minister in _____________, last week that universities in the country should shun textbooks and other materials that promote Western values, should maintain political integrity and keep discussions of politics out of the classroom.
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Question 8.
Tens of thousands of people attended a rally in central Madrid, Spain, over the weekend. For what cause were the protestors marching?

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Question 9.
A Spanish solider was killed as fighting broke out during a United Nations peacekeeping operation last week. In which UN operation was the soldier participating?

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Question 10.

A bomb attack at security sights in the Sinai Peninsula in ___________ killed at least 26 people last week. The attack represents an intensification of anti-government campaigns in the region and suggests that the government’s efforts to weaken opposition through home demolitions, cerfews, and isolation have failed to stem the growing insurgency in the region.
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